Instructors

Druplas and Khenpos

Druplas are "practice masters" recognized for their training and ability in ritual activities. Khenpos have completed 9 years of intensive Buddhist philosophical study in a shedra. Additionally, they have passed rigorous exams and undergone a teacher training period.

Kyabjé Khen Rinpoche Tashi Palden

Kyabjé Khen Rinpoche Tashi Palden

Kyabjé Khenpo (Kyabjé Khen Rinpoche Tashi Palden) was born in the Dergé kingdom in Eastern Tibet in the surroundings of Kyabjé...

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Tulku Migmar Tsering

Tulku Migmar Tsering

Tulku Migmar Tsering is a master of the Chokling New Treasures lineage of the Nyingma tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. He...

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Khenpo Gyaltsen

Khenpo Gyaltsen

Khenpo Gyaltsen was born in Nepal on May 10, 1973. He is a direct descendant of the family of the...

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Drupla Tenphel Gyatso

Drupla Tenphel Gyatso

Drupla Tenphel Gyatso is one of the senior monks at Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling Monastery, and has undergone the traditional three-year...

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Drupla Sherab Dorje

Drupla Sherab Dorje

Drupla Sherab Dorje was born in Nubri (Manaslu) Nepal into a family of lamas and practitioners descended from the ancient...

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Drupla Opak

Drupla Opak

Drupla Opak is one of the senior monks at Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling Monastery, and has undergone the traditional three-year retreat...

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Drupla Sonam Tsering

Drupla Sonam Tsering

Drupla Sonam Tsering is one of the senior monks at Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling Monastery and has undergone the traditional three-year...

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Lama Sherab Phuntsok

Lama Sherab Phuntsok

Lama Sherab Phuntsok is one of the senior monks at Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling Monastery. He is currently the resident lama at...

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Translators

Stefan Mang

Stefan Mang

Stefan Mang, a student of Tibetan Buddhism since 2004, has been studying Buddhist philosophy and literary Tibetan since 2010 at...

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Peter Woods

Peter Woods

Peter Woods completed a degree in Philosophy at University of Virginia in 2009, and later earned a Master’s in Religion...

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Lowell Cook

Lowell Cook

Lowell Cook is a lover, reader, and researcher of the entire breadth of Tibetan literature, from the ancient Dunhuang manuscripts...

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Oriane Lavole

Oriane Lavole

Oriane Lavole is a translator and interpreter of Buddhist texts and teachings from Tibetan to English. She has been interpreting...

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Instructors

Samye Institute instructors have been designated by Phakchok Rinpoche. The individuals have varying life experiences but are all committed to the practice of the Buddhadharma and the Chokling Tersar lineage.

Jangchub Yeshe

Jangchub Yeshe

Under the guidance of Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche, Chokling Rinpoche and Phakchok Rinpoche, Jangchub Yeshe was ordained at Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling ...

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Tsunma Jamyang Donma

Tsunma Jamyang Donma

Ani Tsunma Jamyang Donma has served as Spiritual Care Provider at SickKids for over 10 years, originally as a volunteer...

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Jack deTar

Jack deTar

Jack deTar trains under the guidance of Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche and Phakchok Rinpoche. He tries to serve others, hold in devotion...

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Michael Friedman

Michael Friedman

Lama Michael Friedman has spent 50 years in an intensive study of philosophy in general and the nature of mind...

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Hilary Herdman

Hilary Herdman

Hilary Herdman, Ph.D, studied and taught at Rangjung Yeshe Institute at Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling monastery since 2000. Hilary was a...

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Alan Pope

Alan Pope

Alan Pope, Ph.D., is Professor of Psychology at the University of West Georgia, USA. His doctoral training in clinical existential-phenomenological psychology...

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Maryanne Müller Prieto

Maryanne Müller Prieto

Maryanne Müller Prieto is a long-time dharma student from Chile. She has had the privilege and blessing of being Phakchok...

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Jesper Skovlund

Jesper Skovlund

Jesper was trained as a psychotherapist in 1990, and has since then studied emotional intelligence, communication and leadership. In 1996...

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Erric Solomon

Erric Solomon

Throughout his career as a Silicon Valley technology entrepreneur, and now as an author and innovative meditation teacher, Erric has...

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Arthur Versluis

Arthur Versluis

Arthur Versluis, Ph.D., is a professor and Department Chair of Religious Studies in the College of Arts & Letters at...

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Shu-chin (Sophie) Wu

Shu-chin (Sophie) Wu

Shu-chin (Sophie) Wu, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of History at Agnes Scott College, a liberal arts college for women in...

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Somānanda Yogi

Somānanda Yogi

Somānanda Yogi has had the great fortune of studying the Buddha Dharma under very kind and knowledgeable teachers from the...

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Matthew Zalichin

Matthew Zalichin

Matthew Zalichin began studying Buddhism as an undergraduate in 1971. His teachers include many of the past and current century’s...

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Blog Authors & Course Facilitators

Samye Institute has a wide range of contributing authors who regularly post articles to our study blogs.

Alexander Yiannopoulos

Alexander Yiannopoulos

Dr. Alexander Yiannopoulos (Ph.D. 2020, Emory University) has been studying and practicing Buddhadharma since 2005, when he took refuge under...

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Somānanda Yogi

Somānanda Yogi

Somānanda Yogi has had the great fortune of studying the Buddha Dharma under very kind and knowledgeable teachers from the...

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Neil Roberts

Neil Roberts

Neil Roberts is a strength and movement coach, certified mobility specialist and corporate wellness consultant based in Brooklyn, NY. He...

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Andrea Sherman

Andrea Sherman

Andrea Sherman, PhD, is a gerontologist, educator, trainer and End of Life Doula. She is a graduate of the New...

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Diana Carey

Diana Carey

Diana’s interest in Yoga, meditation and Ayurveda started back in the 1980’s, and she started to pursue them in 1993...

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Kevin Gormley

Kevin Gormley

Kevin Gormley, a life-long educator, is a former MS and HS teacher, performed health and science magic shows for school...

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Tawni Tidwell

Tawni Tidwell

Tawni Tidwell, TMD, Ph.D. is a Tibetan medical physician (also known as “menpa” or “amchi”), who studied Tibetan medicine at...

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Anasuya Weil

Anasuya Weil

Prior to studying Tibetan Medicine Anasuya Weil, Menpa, M.S., L.M.T., received her M.S. in 2001 from UMass Amherst and did...

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Mira Weil

Mira Weil

Mira Weil, DTM, has been a practicing Tibetan Buddhist for over 20 years, and had the great fortune to meet her...

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Suggested Reading

Dudjom Rinpoche, The Nyingma School of Tibetan Buddhism, trans. and ed. by Gyurme Dorje and Matthew Kapstein (Boston: Wisdom Publications, 1991), vol. 1, pages 468–474.

Ngawang Zangpo, Guru Rinpoche: His Life and Times, Ithaca: Snow Lion, 2002.

Nyoshul Khenpo, A Marvelous Garland of Rare Gems: Biographies of Masters of Awareness in the Dzogchen Lineage, trans. Richard Barron (Junction City: Padma Publishing, 2005), pages 41–48.

Padmasambhava, Legend of the Great Stupa, Berkeley: Dharma Publishing, 1973

Padmasambhava & Jamgön Kongtrul, The Light of Wisdom, trans. by Erik Pema Kunsang (Boudhanath: Rangjung Yeshe Publications, 1986-1999), pages 43-47 & Appendix 5.

Taranatha, The Life of Padmasambhava, Shang Shung Edizioni, 2005

Tulku Thondup, Masters of Meditation and Miracles, Shambhala, 1996.

Yeshe Tsogyal, Life and Liberation of Padmasambhava, translated by Kenneth Douglas and Gwendolyn Bays (Emeryville: Dharma Publishing, 1978, republished 2008).

Yeshe Tsogyal, Lotus Born: The Life Story of Padmasambhava, Rangjung Yeshe Publications, 2004.

‘The Life of Guru Padmasambhava’ in A Great Treasure of Blessings, The Tertön Sogyal Trust, 2004.